Success by accident
x86 got 30 years old now. This is interesting as Mom and Dad tried to kill this baby several times. The kudos for keeping this architecture afloat must be credited to a completly different company: AMD. Imagine the market, if AMD didn´t introduced 64 bit to the x86 world? Okay, SPARC would have it much easier. But this is a different story. Enterprise computing by Intel would be Itanium. Not a desktop processor kept afloat by heavy wizardry. And they tried to kill off x86 as early 1982 with iAPX 432 (does anybody remember this proc? Albeit it´s a cash cow for Intel, they are not really responsible for the success. I really thing x86 is the predominant architecture by pure accident. How would the market look, if Linus bought a Amiga with 68040 or an early Mac with PowerPC instead of the 386? What would have happened to x86 without AMD decision do develop the Sledgehammer architecture? Back in 1992 nobody thought of x86 as the dominant gaming plattform. Today it´s normal to use an x86 compatible processes as a data feeding device for graphic cards. Sometimes the accident is the most powerful tool to shape the market.